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  • Two CFC-related questions...

    I have posted these questions on the CFC message board, but have gotten no responses yet.

    1) The last issue I received of the CFC online "magazine" was dated "2017-L8" and received in October, 2017. Have any been sent out since?

    2) On the CFC rating list, what is the difference between expiry dates of 01/12/2099 and 31/12/2099? (my life membership expires on 01/12/2099).

  • #2
    I was also wondering about #1. If there is no more magazine, we should get a reduction in annual fees.

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    • #3
      Sorry you haven't received yours,
      but the CFC is Not-For-Profit

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      • #4
        That was a nice one!

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        • #5
          I see that it is complete silence from the CFC executives. Over the last few days, I have read what has been written on the CFC board about this topic. There seem to be good reasons for having no magazine. The beef I have is the complete silence from them on the topic. I should not need to go looking for the reason the benefits I once received with my membership are no more. If they have any hope of meeting any goals about growth, or actually wanting to be an organization they can be proud of, they can't have a magazine and just let it die without saying a thing. Anyone in any position of power in any successful organization would communicate the reasons. I would like to get an email outlining the need for spending money elsewhere and the need to protect the organization from dishonest board members. Make it official and stop being cowards. It would take an hour. Instead, they completely ignore the members of the organization that deserve better.

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          • #6
            Right now by virus software says the CFC site has a virus. So I can't even access their site. I think if we concentrated on event reports by provinces & territories the CFC Membership fees would make more sense.
            All the CFC does for me is rate my games . But now that I'm a Lifer it makes me happier to know I don't have to pay membership dues every year.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Brian Profit View Post
              I see that it is complete silence from the CFC executives. Over the last few days, I have read what has been written on the CFC board about this topic. There seem to be good reasons for having no magazine. The beef I have is the complete silence from them on the topic. I should not need to go looking for the reason the benefits I once received with my membership are no more. If they have any hope of meeting any goals about growth, or actually wanting to be an organization they can be proud of, they can't have a magazine and just let it die without saying a thing. Anyone in any position of power in any successful organization would communicate the reasons. I would like to get an email outlining the need for spending money elsewhere and the need to protect the organization from dishonest board members. Make it official and stop being cowards. It would take an hour. Instead, they completely ignore the members of the organization that deserve better.
              Hi Brian. There is a good discussion about this taking place at the CFC Forum. That is appropriate venue for CFC Executive to discuss such matters.

              Fred McKim
              CFC Treasurer

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              • #8
                Originally posted by John Brown View Post
                Right now by virus software says the CFC site has a virus. So I can't even access their site. I think if we concentrated on event reports by provinces & territories the CFC Membership fees would make more sense.
                All the CFC does for me is rate my games . But now that I'm a Lifer it makes me happier to know I don't have to pay membership dues every year.
                John. We are having someone look at the virus issue. Can you outline what software you are running ?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fred McKim View Post

                  John. We are having someone look at the virus issue. Can you outline what software you are running ?
                  If I may add: I have had my security software engage when accessing the CFC site over the last couple (more?) years.

                  It has happened on both Windows 7 and Windows 10, and using both Internet Explorer and Chrome, specifically: 7 with IE, 7 with Chrome, 10 with Chrome.

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                  • #10
                    From my Mcafee report "We scanned this site and found that it's not as secure as it should be. Please click with caution." Windows 10
                    Fred Harvey

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                    • #11
                      OK. I've passed on this first piece of information: Security software warning about CFC site being infected. Obviously this doesn't happen to everybody, but there are certain instances that we'd like to track down. I wonder if anyone thinks they have actually been infected by the CFC site ?

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                      • #12
                        I think it has some script inside the code. It redirected me to a new site and offered a new update for Firefox. However, it worked only on the first occasion. The second time it did redirect or offered anything.

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                        • #13
                          They are aware of the problem but have been unable for some reason to clean the site. Same issue arises with Kaspersky and McAfee.

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                          • #14
                            Has anyone got the answer to my other question?

                            2) On the CFC rating list, what is the difference between expiry dates of 01/12/2099 and 31/12/2099? (my life membership expires on 01/12/2099).

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Gordon Ritchie View Post
                              They are aware of the problem but have been unable for some reason to clean the site. Same issue arises with Kaspersky and McAfee.
                              At some point soon we will have to look at scrapping or migrating the site onto a more modern platform. I think part of the issue for some of the messages is that we do not have a security certificate which you can get for free or a nominal charge from a certificate signing authority. There are bugs in older versions of Drupal which we are probably running. Every time we update something breaks and there is some major effort required to fix everything that has broken.

                              As to asking questions on chesstalk and expecting an answer from a CFC executive, it is not our forum. I can't say that I monitor it with the same regularity that I used to. I often glance at the topics. If something crazy is going on, people will email or call me and then I might respond. When I can get accused of hate crimes for merely stating well-known facts like socialistic, atheistic regimes killed many tens of milllions of people in the 20th century it is difficult to take it seriously as a venue which I should support by responding to questions. As many have told me about chesstalk: There are too many crazies there.

                              With respect to the e-magazine, I wish it came out more regularly because it is a very good publication when it comes out. Before we run off and do anything, we need to look at the whole communications strategy which includes the newsfeed, facebook and the CFC forums and website at this moment. Chesstalk was a pillar of that strategy previously and perhaps it will be again but for now John Upper is doing a good job on the newsfeed and facebook and we are monitoring the CFC forums and facebook which sends me notifications when there is a communication there.

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